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Subject: Literature Map
Date Posted: 3/22/2011 10:41 AM ET
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Saw this on another PBS forum and thought it was fun.  You put in the name of an author that you like and it makes a cooly swirly map of other similar authors.  When the names stop swirling, the closer names are together, the more alike they are.  I already added to my WL because of it!

Literature Map

 

Date Posted: 3/22/2011 11:46 AM ET
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This is interesting but the first name I tried came up with another author who doesn't write anything like the author I put in there - wonder how they are making the connections? I may have to play with this some more (since I have nothing to read) ! wink

Date Posted: 3/22/2011 11:48 AM ET
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This is really cool Christa! 

Date Posted: 3/22/2011 11:51 AM ET
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Hmmm, I will have to play with that more when I'm not at work. I did try Elizabeth Chadwick and Robin Maxwell came up a wee bit too close for my tastes crying

Date Posted: 3/22/2011 12:54 PM ET
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Christa, Great find! I read a little bit about the search engine and it sound intriguing. (Puts on geek hat.) The search engine learns from the gnooks community, so it adapts and evaluates relevancy based on changes in the community. That's cool in a geeky kinda way.

Date Posted: 3/22/2011 1:23 PM ET
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Thanks for posting this, Christa! I actually saw this ages ago,but had forgotten about it. I am so glad to see it again now that I am dabbling in a "new to me" genre! This may be very helpful! Thanks!

Date Posted: 3/22/2011 1:28 PM ET
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Laughs at Cathy,  I saw that too and I wondered what you would think of that.

Date Posted: 3/22/2011 2:56 PM ET
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Yeah, I've seen it before -- it's a lot of fun to play with. Kinda interesting (at least from the perspective of this forum) that Sharon Kay Penman doesn't show up with Elizabeth Chadwick and vice-versa. (What's really funny is that Sharon Kay Penman and Sharon Penman, which is how she's published in the U.K, aren't recognized as the same author and show up further apart from each other than other authors do.)

(edited to fix typo)



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Date Posted: 3/22/2011 3:18 PM ET
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Well, I put in Stephen King and Ayn Rand came fairly close and just a bit further was Shakespeare, Jane Austin, Hemingway and Steinbeck.  Really, now?

Date Posted: 3/22/2011 3:22 PM ET
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Hmm interesting.  Deanna Raybourn matched up pretty well with Deanna Raybourne.  I wonder why? wink

Also I typed in Margaret George and am trying to figure out how Norton Juster (the guy who wrote the kids book The Phantom Tollbooth) is a close match for MG.

There are some names I will have to check out though !

 

Date Posted: 3/22/2011 3:29 PM ET
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The name of the author I entered was Rennie Airth (who writes mysteries, you know) and the closest match was George Weigel, who has written several books on Cathoicism! go figure. Glad to see I'm not the only one scratching their head in puzzlement over this!

Date Posted: 3/22/2011 3:38 PM ET
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I did think it was interesting that you get some "close" names when you put in EC and SKP, but when you put in BC, you get a big space around him and then some names.

Date Posted: 3/22/2011 3:47 PM ET
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Ooh, this is too cool! I've added another author to my must-read list. I'll have to play more with this. I love geeky toys like this, lol.

 

I may have to play with this some more (since I have nothing to read) ! wink

Jeanne, I almost choked when I read that you had nothing to read. I mean, how would that even happen? I can't even imagine the horror of that. Then I realized you were joking and all was right in the world again. cheeky

Date Posted: 3/22/2011 4:13 PM ET
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Ayn Rand came up near Dostoevsky too. Eeep. 

Date Posted: 3/22/2011 4:13 PM ET
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Grrrr. Double post. 



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Date Posted: 3/22/2011 5:14 PM ET
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Yes, Kelly E. that was a joke, especially since I'm drowning in books here again. You can't see some of them though, since they are on  my kindle!